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pogo2posterFINAL2The Last Pogo Jumps Again studies the evolution of Toronto from small town to big city and it’s pop/counter-culture lifestyle during the early and mid-70s.  It centers around the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new-wave music, from the Ramones playing the New Yorker Theatre in ’76 through the police shutting down Teenage Head and causing a riot at the Horseshoe Tavern’s infamous “The Last Pogo” concert in December 1978.

London had the Sex Pistols, New York had the Ramones, but Toronto had a punk movement all it’s own.  The Toronto landscape by the late ’70s was forever changed with the infusion of the DIY/Punk/Alternative Culture(s) movement.  Six years in the making, The Last Pogo Jumps Again successfully explores the whys and wherefores of what was arguably one of the most exciting but misunderstood movements in Toronto’s history.

The DVD contains the 204 minute documentary, plus over a 100 minutes of added material, and a snazzy 24-page booklet.  Check the Shop for details on where you can purchase it.

The Last Pogo (1978) is the documentary that chronicled the last punk rock show at the Horseshoe Tavern when it was run by legendary Toronto promoters The Garys (Topp and Cormier) featuring The Scenics, Cardboard Brains, The Secrets, The Mods, The Ugly, The Viletones and Teenage Head. The Last Pogo was released on DVD in 2008 to great reviews.  Available at the Shop.

Talk is Cheap

We thoroughly enjoyed a read of Keith Richards‘ autobiography Life in between making notes on the (currently) five-and-a-half-hour version of The Last Pogo Jumps Again:  A Biased And Incomplete History Of Toronto Punk Rock And New Wave Music Circa September 24 1976 To December 1 1978.

Whoa!  Canadianish Sally Fields takes on fifteen guys at once.  Choo-choo!

One thing we found interesting was how often Toronto was mentioned in the book.   Yea yea, we know we’re all supposed to be over the Canadian inferiority/Sally Fields you-really-like-me-you-really-really-like-me thing, a feeble image bolstered lately by mention of it in a Wikileaks doc (props!) but still — pretty cool.

Not cool.

Of course the most infamous Toronto story was when Keith was busted for heroin possession and trafficking in February 1977, just as the original Toronto punk scene was starting to get into full swing.   Richards has always been thankful for the arrest because it forced him to get serious treatment, and apart from a couple of trips off the wagon, by the time he went to trial in October 1978 — just when the original Toronto punk scene was starting to morph into something else — Keith was clean.

Margarita Passion, Gambi Bowker, Lucasta Ross and Nora Currie in front of New Rose;  photo by Gail Bryck.

Margarita Passion and Freddy Pompeii’s Toronto punk rock clothing/music/hangout store New Rose made some “Free Keith” t-shirts, and they were all snapped up one day by Mick Jagger.

Another Keith’s album

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